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There's a light at the end of the tunnel

MadMom's picture

There's a light at the end of the tunnel (post #55273)

...of course, it may be a speeding train!  At any rate, the floor guy should be finished tomorrow, and the countertops and sink have been installed, and we ripped out one wall of the sun room, framed it in, and replaced two sliding glass doors with one set of French doors.  Tomorrow, the contractor should come in to rip out the rest of the "pickled oak' paneling and replace it all with dry wall.  We ran into a minor problem when installing the faucet...it was so high that it bumped into the window sill, so my cabinet guy came by and took that out.  He will cut it down and replace it tomorrow.  Another slight problem...when the countertop guy made the countertops, he put in about 1/8" to 1/4" overhang where the stove goes.  Of course, I just had room for the stove, so now I have to get them cut down so the stove will fit.  Supposedly the cabinet guy can do that.  I love the sink.  Love the faucet.  Love the countertops.  They even make my old cabinets look good.  Now I have to figure out what kind of tile to put up for a backsplash (the tile guy is coming by tomorrow evening) and what color I'm going to paint the walls.  Also have to pick out new hardware to replace what is on the cabinets now.  So, it's far from finished, but we've accomplished a lot.


Oh yes, I gave in to Willie Ray, who was insisting he wanted a dishwasher installed NOW!  We got the KA from our appliance guy, who knocked $200 off it, which I thought was reasonable, considering all the aggravation they've caused us.  He also called today, Sunday, to tell me he woiuld send someone over tomorrow morning to rip out the disposal (which is evidently a bad unit) and replace it with a new one.  Never a dull moment.  At least I've moved all the crystal back into the dining room, so we can actually eat in the breakfast room.  I'll attach some pictures.




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Edited 7/30/2006 8:46 pm by MadMom

mer's picture

(post #55273, reply #19 of 185)

The problem with DIY concrete countertops is that they are cured very differently than professional countertops and that's why the price is so high.  Pros use a vibrating machine to jiggle out any air bubbles while the concrete cures.  This reduces greatly the problem of cracked countertops.  Of course, if you do this at home inexpensively, the savings can outweigh the potential risks.

dicus's picture

(post #55273, reply #21 of 185)

We have included that in the price. They can be rented at many large rental places, especially those that specialize in concrete. There are cheaper solutions. You don't need the extendable arm many concrete vibrators have, so you can use multiple "other" types of vibrators.

mer's picture

(post #55273, reply #22 of 185)

wel, well, well...  I can't wait to hear and see how this project works out!  :)  Cool.


 


FYI, take pictures and post them ok?  I have wanted to do this myself for smaller pieces, ie coffee tables for outside etc, but hadn't found rental equip. 

dicus's picture

(post #55273, reply #23 of 185)

It will probably be a while. We have to redo the bathroom before we get to the counter tops. Cheng Concrete Exchange has a lot of information about DIY countertops, as well as mixes that makes the job easier.

http://www.concreteexchange.com/

My brother checked a few of his books out of the library. They are really useful. He also has a good step-by-step DVD that lays out the process.

My brother has had a hard time finding a good wet grinder to rent, so he will probably end up purchasing a low end one. The diamond pads are available on eBay for a reasonable price. We also had a difficult time finding melamine coated plywood for the mold, but then found a really good price at Menards (a regional home store). Fiberglass fibers are supposed to help with the microcracks that can occur.

Glenys's picture

(post #55273, reply #25 of 185)

I'm not all there with you on that but I do know that anything that involves concrete, grout and a soil base that shifts, have different requirements. Where I'm from there's no such thing as a basement that doesn't crack. Where I live, you have to blow up the house to get rid of the tile and grout.

Glenys's picture

(post #55273, reply #24 of 185)

If you know someone who's considering the concrete counters, and I've been around a few, it can be done and worth it. Previously in the Equipment section, you can check out the photos from Michael in Saskatoon. He did his own kitchen, with grooves in the concrete for the drain board, made with steel rod imprints. Worth a little search effort for the pictures.

dicus's picture

(post #55273, reply #26 of 185)

I did find his pictures. Thanks for the recommendation. That was one giant concrete mixer. His countertops look really good.

Glenys's picture

(post #55273, reply #27 of 185)

Their kitchen won a feature award in a design magazine.

marie-louise's picture

(post #55273, reply #29 of 185)

I hate mine; can't wait to get rid of them.

Adele's picture

(post #55273, reply #30 of 185)

What don't you like about them?  Hard to keep clean?  Breakage?  Gaps?

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

marie-louise's picture

(post #55273, reply #31 of 185)

Never looks clean (mine has little tiny pieces of colored stone it it.) Lots of tiny cracks (okay, that's from all the little earthquakes.) I have two poured concrete fireplaces in my living room and dining room that match, and they look terrific. It's just gross to think about doing anything like rolling out dough on a countertop that's got little depressions filled w/ god knows what.

Glenys's picture

(post #55273, reply #32 of 185)

I always thought you were brave doing horizontal slab concrete living near the fault. I have concrete floors here and love them. As for concrete counters, I do them in a moment but I'm not one for tile or inlaid decoration; best I can tolerate is a dog's paw signature left in a drying Mexican tile.

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #33 of 185)

I really need some advice.  So far, I've narrowed the tile down to three options.  First, is a collection of different colored small pieces of tile (maybe 2 x 2?).  Second, is 4 x 4 tiles in a mustardy yellow.  Third is to use the two together, maybe using a strip of the mustardy yellow as an accent, and use the different colored tiles as the background.  Any comments?  I'm leaning toward the third option.  I've taken pictures, next to the granite, so perhaps you can see what we're dealing with.  I do like the "tumbled" look, as opposed to shiny tiles. 



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Jean's picture

(post #55273, reply #34 of 185)

I'd like either option 1 or 3.  I would get tired of all that yellow myself.  It's going to be gorgeous though, whatever you choose.



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MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #35 of 185)

Younger DD suggested just using one yellow tile in the middle of the little ones, and I think that would be great...here's a pic of how it would look.  I agree that too much yellow would kind of overwhelm everything.



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Adele's picture

(post #55273, reply #36 of 185)

There you go.  You could even do the larger tile randomly, instead of squares.  Now, am I seeing a reddish/burgandy in the granite?  Are any of the smaller tiles picking it up?  If not, perhaps a larger tile in the reddish along with the mustard one? 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Jean's picture

(post #55273, reply #37 of 185)

That would work, the colors are great together.



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Heather's picture

(post #55273, reply #40 of 185)

If you want to mix the tiles I think the stripe would be better than the square in the middle of squares--imagine a whole wall of that, I think it would look too busy. But then I like simplicity.

Wolvie's picture

(post #55273, reply #42 of 185)

I'm really fond of the glass and iridescent tiles, I'd have to get a few in there somewhere to lighten it up. I realize I am in the minority.  :-)

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pamilyn's picture

(post #55273, reply #54 of 185)

I love those too. I hope I can put them in my new kitchen. Pamilyn

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The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

marie-louise's picture

(post #55273, reply #38 of 185)

I like picture 36 the best, although all those different colors are a little busy w/ the granite. Now that the granite guy is long gone, what would you think of a 6-inch strip of the same granite as a short backsplash? Personally, I'm wanting to add something other than brown tones to your kitchen. If your backsplash stopped short, you could paint that space a cool color. In my own kitchen, that area of the kitchen wall is painted a nice shade of "trendy green." (that muted lime green) You could do something blue, something pumpkin, a deep red, whatever you'd like to just see a little strip of.

PS I kind of like the tile color you've got, but I really like subway tiles between the counter & the uppers. The shape of a subway just seems right.

marie-louise's picture

(post #55273, reply #39 of 185)

This will keep you up tonight: 271 finished backsplashes.

http://finishedbacksplashesslideshow.blogspot.com/

Lots of people on this website just had decision paralysis/ fatigue when it got to the backsplash. Many let it sheetrocked for a month or two & lived w/ their counter for a while.

MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #43 of 185)

Thanks for the web site.  You're right...one does get "backsplash fatigue" from looking at them all.  One nice thing, after looking at them all, I didn't find any I like as well as what I think I'm going to do.  Guess that means something.


Backsplashes are such a personal thing.  I know you like to add a splash of color, while I'm more of a monochromatic person.  I'm thinking of putting the yellow tiles in rancomly, just for some interest, rather than putting all in the center of a group of multicolored tiles.  Also might pick up one of the colors from the tiles for the walls, but that's the next decision.  Right now, I have to go see if they're delivering my stove.  Be prepared for more pictures!


Wolvie, I also like the glass tiles.  DD put them in a guest bath, and they were gorgeous.  Just not my thing for the kitchen.




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marie-louise's picture

(post #55273, reply #46 of 185)

Well, there's your answer. You know it when you see it, and you found it!

Now on to your hardware. And paint color-but what is there to paint in your kitchen?

I love those glass tiles, too. There is a kitchen in that thread (from Seattle) that has a black countertop & blues/ greens multicolored glass tiles. It is one of my favorite kitchens. And she did most of the work on it herself!

Glenys's picture

(post #55273, reply #49 of 185)

OK, this is my two cents worth on the whole thing. The cabinets were your starting point, and now you've added granite, tying in the stainless with black trim with the cabinets. I see endless combinations of kitchen designs on a regular basis, as you can imagine, but one thing about many of the cabinets is the simplicity in finish. Your wood is richly coloured and grained. If it were me, and I'm not fond of blacksplashes and do like a monochromatic look, I'd run matte black/grey slate up the wall to give the kitchen a newer look that would tie in the appliances and provide a dramatic break between cupboards and granite.
Slate may not be the material, but imagine something, dark that would offset whatever you have on the counters, especially if you've black or stainless hardware on the cabinets.

pamilyn's picture

(post #55273, reply #55 of 185)

I would do the tumbled mustard tile, but I really like your idea of a matte black or grey slate. That could be stunning and really tie everything together. I think the small tiles will be too busy. Pamilyn

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favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #55273, reply #71 of 185)

I'm just catching up on your kitchen redo. Fortunately, I have that all behind me. Your marble is so beautiful, have you considered using it for a full backsplash?

We're making a lot of the same decisions now that we're in the designing stage of two bathroom renos plus other work around the house. The selections are endless, and there are so many details to consider.

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MadMom's picture

(post #55273, reply #75 of 185)

Neat idea, but I guess it's a tad late.  Oh well, I like the tile, and since it will not be behind the stove (it has a 24" high stainless backsplash, and if I throw stuff higher than that, shame on me!) I think it should be okay.  I'll be so glad when the tiling is finished.  I can live without the walls painted, but sure am anxious to get the backsplash up (so I can fill up my counter tops, LOL) and the island delivered (so I can hang my pot rack and unpack some more boxes, wheeeee!)



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Adele's picture

(post #55273, reply #81 of 185)

FI- the colors are gorgeous.  Looks so very smooth?(Can't think of word- flowing?)  going from counter/backsplash to cabinets. 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

KarenP's picture

(post #55273, reply #91 of 185)

designing stage of two bathroom renos plus other work around the house.


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